ARCHITECT, Irish
(active 1127-1134 in Ireland)

Exterior view

1127-34
Photo
Cormac's Chapel, Rock of Cashel, Cashel, Tipperary

In comparison to the impressive sequence of sacred buildings in England, the churches of Wales, Ireland and Scotland play a rather more modest role. Not enough buildings have survived in any of these countries for one to be able to reconstruct a development in style.

Worth mentioning in Ireland, which was part of the Norman kingdom from around 1170 is the barrel-vaulted hall of Cormac's Chapel on the Rock of Cashel. Cormac's Chapel, the chapel of King Cormac Mac Carthaigh, was begun in 1127 and consecrated in 1134. It is a very sophisticated structure, unlike most Irish Romanesque churches, which are ordinarily simple in plan with isolated decorated features. The Cathedral, built between 1235 and 1270, is an aisleless building of cruciform plan.

The photo shows the Cormac's Chapel with parts of the cathedral on either side.




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